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2014 - 9 - 18 / 6:36 pm / stratoforce

Dev Log: Building Buildings

Dev Log: Building Buildings

I'm finally getting back to work on my main project which for now is called Stratoforce. Maybe StratoForce? Strato Force? I dunno, who cares for now.

A big part of the game is placing structures onto islands that you build, and for whatever reason I've been totally stuck in how I should be designing the structures. I had a couple of images in the game for the basic Power Generator and Power Node structures, but I hated how it looked over time. They looked too complex, so I decided to try to dial it back to something way simpler with big simple shapes.

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From left to right there's the Ammo Generator, the Power Node, and the Power Generator. I've been trying to find references for RTS structure and building design, but I found that a lot of them use 3d which is quite a bit different. I can see how this kind of thing would be waaay easier in 3d though. I do want to have my structures animate, and respond to things, and doing that in 2d is going to be a little challenging. I might be able to make something work with a bunch of tweens or something though... hopefully I'll be able to prototype some animation stuff for the structures soon!

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2014 - 9 - 18 / 4:08 pm / general

Game Jam Procedural Generation Part IV

Game Jam Procedural Generation Part IV

The final part of this series about procedural generation for Starforger II will conclude with the last of the level generation code. In the last episode I talked about some of the details in generating rooms, tunnels, and other details in the level. In this final part I'll wrap it up by talking about how I place enemies, breakable blocks, and some final touches on the treasure room.

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The next thing in the generation of the level is the breakable blocks. These are blocks that the player can blow up using their bombs. I added these sort of at the last minute of the jam just to give some more interaction with the world, and it felt kinda fun to forge your own path through a big section of breakable blocks.

// put breakable blocks in random places I dunno
for (var yy = 10; yy < grid.TileRows; yy++) {
for (var xx = 0; xx < grid.TileColumns; xx++) {
if (CheckRect(xx, yy, 2, 2)) {
continue;
}
if (Rand.Chance(config.BreakableChance)) {
if (breakables < breakablesMax) {
Scene.Add(new BreakableBlock(xx * 16, yy * 16));
gridBreakable.SetRect(xx, yy, 2, 2);
breakables++;
}
if (config.Width > 1500) {
xx++;
}
if (config.Width > 1000) {
xx++;
}
}
}
}


I actually use a separate grid "gridBreakable" to keep track of where I've already placed blocks. This is less expensive in Otter. The alternative would be to do a collision check against all other breakable blocks which would take longer and longer if there are more breakable blocks being added. Whenever a block is added I add a 2 x 2 rectangle to the gridBreakable grid, and the function CheckRect() will check against the breakable grid and the ground grid, so I can't accidentally place a breakable block in the ground, or overlapping another breakable block. read more

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2014 - 9 - 16 / 6:06 pm / general

Otter Updates

Otter Updates

Another quick round of updates to Otter this week. All of these changes are currently happening in the dev branch and will be moved to the default branch once I get some more documentation and testing done.

* Platforming Movement now supports jump through platforms
The PlatformingMovement component can jump through platforms now.

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The set up for this requires adding tags to the component that are to be used as jump through. The next step is adding a collider to the Entity that will act as the jump through platform detector. This collider should be only 1 pixel tall, and should be placed on the very bottom of the entity, and probably be the same width as the collider being used for the rest of the collisions. The component also allows for the player to push down + jump in order to drop through a platform.

* Tiny music changes
The Music class now keeps track of all of the created music objects in order to update them when the global volume is changed. Previously I was using the EventRouter but if the user ever decides to clear all of the event router subscriptions the music object would break.

* QuitKey has become QuitButton
The QuitKey has been replaced with a Button object. The default to quit is still the Escape key on the keyboard, but now it can be set to any key, mouse button, or joystick button.

* AutoTiling example
An example project has been added in the Examples folder which should show the basics on how to use the auto tiling system in Otter.

* Collider double-add bug fix
There was a bug in the Collider system that allowed a collider to be added to the internal collider list twice. If an Entity used AddCollider or SetCollider in its Added method those colliders would be added to the Scene twice. If one of those double-added colliders are then removed at some point then bad things would happen. This has been fixed by only allowing colliders to be added to the scene once.

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2014 - 9 - 12 / 12:49 pm / general

Game Jam Procedural Generation Part III

Game Jam Procedural Generation Part III

In the last episode of Game Jam Procedural Generation I talked a lot about generating the base of the platforming level in Starforger II, and carving out rooms into the ground of the level.

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So now we have a basic level that with a bunch of empty rooms below the ground. The next step is going to be connecting those rooms together. To do this I built a quick class called a TunnelSnake (tunnel snakes rule) to dig tunnels from any point on the map to any other point. Here's the full source of that class:

class TunnelSnake {
public int X;
public int Y;
public int Width = 1;
public int Height = 2;

public int EndX;
public int EndY;

int verticalSteps;
int verticalStepMax = 4;
int forceHorizontal = 0;
int forceHDirection = 1;

public TunnelSnake(int x, int y, int endX, int endY) {
X = x;
Y = y;
EndX = endX;
EndY = endY;
}

public void Dig(GridCollider grid) {
while (X != EndX || Y != EndY) {
grid.SetRect(X, Y, Width, Height, false);

if (Rand.Chance(50) || forceHorizontal > 0) {

if (forceHorizontal > 0) {
X += forceHDirection;
Height = 2;
X = (int)Util.Clamp(X, 2, grid.TileColumns - 2);
}
else {
X += Math.Sign(EndX - X);
}

forceHorizontal--;
if (forceHorizontal == 0) {
verticalSteps = 0;
}
}
else {
verticalSteps++;

Y += Math.Sign(EndY - Y);

if (verticalSteps == verticalStepMax) {
forceHorizontal = Rand.Int(3, 15);
forceHDirection = Rand.Sign;
}
}

if (Rand.Chance(50)) {
if (Rand.Chance(50)) {
Width += Rand.Sign;
Width = (int)Util.Clamp(Width, 1, 5);
}
if (Rand.Chance(50)) {
Height += Rand.Sign;
Height = (int)Util.Clamp(Height, 2, 6);
}
}
}
}
}

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2014 - 9 - 12 / 12:52 am / general

Doodle Post

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2014 - 9 - 9 / 12:45 am / games

Starforger II

Starforger II

A few weeks ago I went to a local game jam in Phoenix! The them was discovery and I set out to make some kind of space exploration procedural thing. The final result was a game I named Starforger II. There is no Starforger I, but maybe I can make a prequel someday.

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Starforger II v1.0 - Windows (92mb)

Whoa what's with the file size? Well this game has a lot of weird sounds in it, and maybe I can figure out how to get them more compressed, but right now they take up a lot of space.

The game uses Enter, X, C, and the arrow keys, or a USB game controller (although the game is designed around the 360 controller, so using one of those would be ideal.)

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Hi there, my name is Kyle, and I'm a 27 year old kid with adult powers. I'm making video games and living the indie game developer life in Tempe, Arizona. Here you will find my thoughts, games, websites, doodles, and other stuff like that. I worked on Snapshot, Offspring Fling, and a whole bunch of other games. I also created and maintain Otter, a 2d game making framework. If you want to get a hold of me use the form on the bottom of the page, leave a comment, or just tweet at me. I try to post three times a week. Thanks for stoppin' by! You're the coolest.

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